Troy Saye's Nickelodeon Brings A Little Bit Of Vegas To Nemo

Aug 1, 2018

Nemo, S.D., lies about 20 miles northwest of Rapid City, but it takes more than half an hour to drive there. The slow trip is worth it. Nemo Road winds through some of the most beautiful scenery in the Black Hills.

In the summer, Nemo is hopping. It's home to the Nemo Guest Ranch, a collection of cabins and vendors housed in buildings built 129 years ago for other purposes. The former train depot is now a bar and restaurant; the infirmary and the schoolhouse are now guest cabins.

The former Hearst Mercantile is still a store, and in it is an outlier, a nickelodeon brought to this place by a couple who left Las Vegas in 2006 to find fewer people and more tranquility.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks traveled to Nemo to find out more about the musical instrument and the man who brought it with him.

To hear a related story by Victoria Wicks, produced in 2012, about a piano with sound effects called a Cremona photo player, click here: